Neo Soul — Recently Added

The best of the contemporary soul underground -- artists we know and love, and are proud to support!


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On Point (France), 2014. New Copy
Totally wonderful work from Leron Thomas – an artist we're only discovering with this full length album, but one who we totally love already! Leron's got this hip style that's a mix of funky soul and darker, more sci fi-styled touches – some crispness on the beats, weird processing on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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E One, 2015. New Copy
Bilal gets some amazing help this time around from super-hip producer Adrian Younge – who really helps the singer reinvent his sound! The album's got a funky depth we've never heard from Bilal before – lots of those old school, 70s-styled soundtrack funk touches that Younge's so great ... CD
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Light
Sweet Soul, 2015. New Copy
Contemporary funky soul, but with a deeper jazz vibe at times too – the kind of sounds that have made Nao Yoshioka a rising talent on the global scene in recent years! The singer has a Japanese name, but comes across with a really universal sense of soul – a sometimes crackle that can ... CD
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Invite The Light
Stones Throw, 2015. New Copy
Dam Funk does it again – really blowing us away with his crispy fresh version of funk – one that's a perfect fusion of old school modes from the 70s and 80s, and some of the more cosmic touches of the current century! The approach uses lots of splash on the keyboards and beats – ... CD
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Universal, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Back To Black
Universal, 2006. New Copy
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Black Messiah
RCA, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sweet Power Your Embrace/Mi Sabrina Tequana (My Sister's Daughter)
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy
One of our favorite tracks of all time – James Mason's "Sweet Power Your Embrace" – done here in a wonderfully faithful version by Diplomats Of Soul, with help from Incognito and the lovely Vanessa Haynes on vocals – who serves up the lyrics with maybe even more soul ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Freedom & Surrender
Concord, 2015. Used
Lizz Wright just keeps on growing and growing as a singer – past the jazz and soul of her roots, to a space that easily has the singer reaching out to a much greater range of ears, but all while keeping true to her style! There's definitely a jazzy heart at the core of the record – and ... CD
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HBD, 2015. New Copy 2LP
The deepest work yet from Foreign Exchange – and as hard as it is for us to believe, a record that unofficially kicks off the second decade of the one-time transatlantic partnership of Nicolay and Phonte – which has evolved into a bonafide indie soul supergroup with Zo!, Tamisha Waden ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, 2015. New Copy
Adele's got a whole host of talents on board this time around – from Danger Mouse to the Filmharmonic Orchestra – but the lady's still out front of the pack, looming proud and large with that trademark voice that's managed to endure well into her twenties! Titles include "Hello&quo ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Fresh Selects, 2016. New Copy
A strong and hopefully breakout debut from SiR – to date, a vital behind-the-scenes songwriter and collaborator with major modern soul and hip hop talents – and deserving of some major props on his own! SiR has worked with artists from Jill Scott, to Bilal, to Robert Glasper, and his ... LP, Vinyl record album
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DFA, 2014. New Copy
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ego Death
Columbia, 2015. New Copy
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... CD
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Love In Flying Colors
HBD, 2013. New Copy 2LP
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bystorm/RCA, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Heady soul from Miguel – an artist who's got a slightly sinister look on the cover, but a warmer sound in his music! The beats and instrumentation are often nicely fuzzy – not crackly cosmic, as on other contemporary singers – but almost with this messed-up feel as if the album's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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P-Vine (Japan), 2015. New Copy
Feelin jazzy, and feelin pretty darn soulful too – as the set's a collection of excellent contemporary soul tracks from the global underground – including a fair bit of work by artists who've never issued a full CD! The set's very much ahead of the curve – and really does a ... CD
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Shunkashito
Warner (Japan), 2016. New Copy
Cool, catchy soul from Matt Cab – a soul singer with American roots, but one who's been making much bigger waves recording albums like this for the Japanese scene – where he seems to be creating quite an audience for his music! Matt's got a style that could be huge if he were given ... CD
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Sound Of Everything (UK), 2015. New Copy
A stunning little set – one we fell in love with from the very first note! The collection is wonderful – some of the freshest underground soul we've heard in years – almost a re-lighting of the UK fire that burned so strongly a few years ago – but with a very vibrant new ... CD
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Please Rewind
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2015. New Copy
Really really wonderful work from Moonchild – even better than we remember from the first time around! The group have this perfect balance of vocals and jazzy instrumentation – played by a trio who handle all the instruments themselves, then produce the whole set – in support of ... CD
 
Updated February 08, 2016


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